Cumbria Advice Network

Improving access to advice for all in Cumbria especially those in greatest need



The Cumbria Advice Network ceased operation on 1st April 2018.

We are proud that we were able to continue for nearly 4 years after our original Big Lottery Funding ended, but it has not been possible to secure sufficient funding for us to carry on.

CAN has 161 members and since 2009 we have provided 79 training courses, offering 1,580 places attended by 599 delegates from 123 organisations. We have facilitated 22 networking events attended by 615 delegates and run 5 conferences with 100 delegates per event.  We have also produced 26 e-newsletters and developed and maintained our website.

The website will remain “live” for the next 12 months and will be updated on a voluntary basis.  If you have any amendments, please email:


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We would like to thank all our members for their support over the years and wish them all the best for the future.

Our strap-line was “together we CAN make a difference” and we believe that together we DID.





What's New?

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UPDATES May 2018

A new integrated Independent Domestic and Sexual Abuse Crisis Support Service started operating on 1st May 2018. This will see a team providing Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advisor support to high-risk victims of domestic abuse and people who have experienced serious sexual assault or abuse (including safety planning, emotional support, practical advice on issues such as housing and benefits, support with the criminal justice process and civil orders, support with referral to health services and other practical help as appropriate to the person). The service can be contacted on 0300 303 3797 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The Let Go service has now stopped operating so anyone needing support should contact Victim Support.

UPDATES February 2018

Updated activities at Creative Wellbeing. Amended opening hours at Citizens Advice Copeland Whitehaven Office. New Noticeboard entry from The Royal British Legion.

UPDATES January 2018

An update to the noticeboard from Skills 4 You.

UPDATES December 2017

Updates to the Carlisle Foodbank member page. Visit the Ex Services page to read about Joining Forces, a new service offered by Age UK West Cumbria.

UPDATES November 2017

New Member - Office of John Woodcock MP. Updates to the Groundwork Member page. New Member - Barrow Foodbank. New Member - Depaul - Nightstop. New page for Impact Furniture Services Updates to The Birchall Trust webpage. New Member - The Happy Mums Foundation CIC. New Member - Perennial.


For the latest news and advice please go to the County Council Flood page.


Is your webpage up to date?

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Last Updated on Friday, 25 August 2017 20:03 Written by Mandy Pfleger Friday, 27 June 2014 12:34

Please do check that information on your webpage is up to date. 3,000 people access the website every month so we need to make sure they're getting correct phone numbers, service information etc.

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